Today, internet has emerged as the most potent informative platform that has considerably changed our way of life. Not just adults and IT professionals, internet is also impacting children’s lives in unimaginable proportions. However, due to its near unlimited potential and widespread reach, internet can be equally destructive, especially for kids.
A study regarding kids and their use of technology shows that parents are both supportive and wary of their children’s use of internet, social media, and smartphones. As a concerned parent, it is your responsibility as well desire to make sure that your children must be able to use internet properly.
There are many aspects that you need to address before you let your child go and explore the unknown realm of World Wide Web. You have to take care of the safety of your kids’ personal information. You have to make sure your child is getting reliable and qualitative knowledge from the internet. Also, you have to ensure that your kids are behaving ethically online.
We bring to you following 5 important tips about how you should guide your kids while the use internet:
#1 – Tell them to use a single email account
It is better to use a single e-mail account for kids. Creating multiple accounts for different purposes will only add to their confusion. It is a time taking process to create multiple accounts and remember their addresses as well as passwords. It will be difficult for you to track their activities. When it comes to managing accounts, Gmail is an obvious choice because it is the best client to merge all your mails. Gmail is also very handy in managing multiple email accounts in case it is very necessary. You can add another email account to Gmail by clicking on the “Accounts and Imports” tab.
#2 – Check security signals especially when using websites for games
While your kids are playing online games, you should identify the security signals for safe play. First and foremost make sure that the website is https:// rather than http://. It is very important to keep in mind while your kids go for online casino games or other online activities. Then you need to have an effective and updated antivirus. You can educate your kids to play only authorized versions of games. You also need to verify the authenticity and security of downloaded files. Tell them to use strong passwords and unique usernames. Finally, you can teach them allowing and blocking selected websites, blocking pop ups and browsing in private.
#3 – Teach them to be a smart Internet buyer
Sometimes kids get carried away to buy online what they want. This is the time when you have to fully educate them what should they purchase and what not. It could be a matter of high risk. So, tell them to carry out some research before they buy anything online. Sometimes, however, kids want to order food online, especially when they are alone at home. This will make your kids to be a smart money saver.
#4 – Tell them to safely use their identity when required for various purposes
Either while playing games or buying things online or for that matter downloading any software online, your kids must not disclose their personal information to others. They must be taught about how hackers can break into their system and steal very important information. This is very harmful security breach that leaves children vulnerable to identity theft. Also, educate them to take note of websites that are advertised in unsolicited emails from strangers.
#5 – Tell them the power of social media
The use of social media among kids is on the rise. They are using popular sites like Facebook and YouTube for entertainment as well as developing a sense of self. However, you also have to teach your kids as to how they should use social media wisely. You need to tell them social networking is used for staying connected with friends and family, involving in a good campaign and charity, and enhancing creativity through sharing ideas.